Saturday, April 6, 2013

La tarantola dal ventre nero (The Black Belly of the Tarantula, 1971)

Director: Paolo Cavara
Starring: Giancarlo Giannini, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet
Label:  Ripley's Home Video (2005)
Format: DVD / PAL / Region 2
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Italian, English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles: None

* English trailer
* Photogalleries (29 stills)

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What's the film about?
Young inspector investigates on a serial killer who paralyzes his victims with a needle in their neck. A follow up to Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, the film has the usual strengths and shortcomings of most '70s Italian thrillers: clumsy narrative, aggressive visual style, atmospheric music score, effective location photography and many zoom shots. On the plus side we have a decent cast, featuring Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) and a whole bunch of sexy starlets (Sandrelli, Bouchet, Auger).

...if you are a fan of Argento's early works, you should check out this too.


1 comment:

  1. This was one of the better giallos and a success in America. The styling of the picture is different from Dario's technologically advanced camera moves and shock cuts. Cavara was the co-creator of Mondo Cane, a film that spawned a new genre and many imitators, similar to the wave created by the gialli.